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Friday, May 24th, 2013

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Castings Clear-out!

Monday, May 16th, 2011

I’ve realised I’ve accumulated a lot of spare cast items over the last year. Most are simply spare stock I made with surplus resin, though there’s also some that were attempts to get certain colours, even some that weren’t suitable for purpose. I’ve been doing castings to order mostly though so haven’t gotten around to listing them for direct sale until now. I’m rather in need of some extra cash right now. 😛

The paw-pads are made using a soft polyurethane casting rubber, the couple of footpads are made of a hard casting rubber and backed on velcro for easy replacement when they wear down. I’m working on new moulds for most of what’s listed here, so will be listing examples of the new work soon. The claws are PU resin reinforced with calcium carbonate for impact resistance. Odd & partial sets have been marked down from the usual sale price, though regular good castings remain the same.

EDIT: Please note the pads are designed to be sewn in place, not glued. PU rubber is very difficult to glue to. I may be able to cast new ones directly onto a felt or similar absorbent backing though if glue-on is required.

I can cast up the missing bits for incomplete/partial sets if someone wants, and will drill the extra mounting holes in necklace-drilled claws on request, likewise for unfinished claw sets.

I’m based in the UK and only ship internationally by AirSure. First come first served, and this listing is also going up in a couple of other places. If in the UK I prefer direct bank transfer, though accept most other forms of cleared payment including paypal. Postage will be worked out on case by case, based on location & order weight.

I am currently awaiting a new batch of black pigment, so orders requiring more black items cast may be delayed a few days.


Red canine palms, £10
Red large finger-pads, £8
Red anthro feline palms (partial), £8 (£11 for completed set)
Black feline palms, £12
Black canine palms, £10
Black anthro feline palms (partial), £8 (£11 for completed set)

Black, feline palms, £12

Black, Anthro Canine palms, £10

Black, Anthro Canine palms, £10

Black, Canine palms, £10

Black, large finger-pads, £8

Pink, Canine palms, £10

Pink, Canine palms, £10

Yellow, large finger-pads, canine palms, set, £18

Dark chocolate, small finger-pads, anthro canine palms, set, £16

Scrap Pads

Small blue foot-digits, velcro-backed, (messy but functional casts) £6
Black (yellow-edge) & Purple canine footpads, velcro-backed, £5
3x Sky-Blue large finger-pads & 4x Pink large finger-pads, £5

Black, small finger-pads (cast in wrong mould, pads too closely placed to sew-on), £4


Black razor claws,
x9 Small (£1.00 ea), x8 Medium (£1.10ea), x27 Long (£1.20ea)

Black regular claws, x6 Medium, x5 Small, £11

White regular claws, x10, £10

White regular claws, x9 Small, x4 Medium, £13

Pink, small regular claws (x11), £11

“Aqua” glow-in-the-dark, regular, x11 Small, x9 Medium (very graduated blue glow, over-pigmented translucent resin), £15

Dark green, regular claws, 8x long, undrilled, £8

Translucent blue, glow-in-the-dark claws, necklace-drilled.
Regular x1 Large (£1.70ea), x8 Medium (£1.60ea), x6 Small (£1.50ea). Razor x10 Large (£1.60ea), x8 Medium (£1.50ea), x11 Small (£1.40ea).

Translucent candy-red, Razor claws, necklace-drilled
x10 Large (£1.30ea), x9 Medium (£1.20ea), 9 Small (£1.10ea).

Unpigmented, green glow-in-the-dark Razor claws, necklace-drilled
x5 Large (£1.60ea), x6 Medium (£1.50), x2 Small (£1.40).

Scrap Claws

Black, regular claws, x11 Small, £6 (drilling & mix issues)

Translucent multi-colour set (colour-mix trials for previous order), £10
2x Candy red, 4x blue, 2x green, 2x clear

Translucent multi-colour set (colour-mix trials for previous order), £10
4x purple, 4x blue, 2x green, 2x candy red

Translucent multi-colour set (colour-mix trials for previous order), £10
4x blue, 4x candy red, 2x green, 2x purple

Translucent Green Glow-In-The-Dark Razor-claws, messy castings needing cleanup, £10
x3 Large, 13x Medium, 8x Small.

Mixed test & leftover casts, regular claws, rough, £5
x2 small purple, 2x green translucent medium, 4x hot pink trans medium, 3x clear medium, trans candy orange medium, blue with LED, other scraps

Mixed test & leftover casts, regular & razor claws, £5
2x medium white, 3x purple Razor (one each size), 3x medium white razor, 3x medium black razor, 2x medium black regular, 1x small grey


Black, large cat-nose, £6
Pink, large cat-nose, (ex-display) £5

Candy-red translucent claw necklace, £6

Translucent blue, glow-in-the-dark claw necklace, £7

Unpigmented, green glow-in-the-dark claw necklace, £6.50

Other claw necklaces, £2

Other Scraps

Hemispheres, various sizes & colours. Poor casts, colour tests. Frosted surfaces, badly cured rear surfaces. Maybe good for some props? £4

Pre-Xmas stock sale! Grab it now!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Last updated December 2nd, 2010:

Christmas is now just a little over three weeks away!
Would you like to give someone the gift of some UKFur-Love? Well, most items are in stock at the moment! The full inventory list follows..

Modelling the Unisex T-shirts, here’s our favourite meet-boffin, Lupus! (click images for larger)

UKFur Wolf Classic (XXXL size pictured right)

  • Small – 35/37″ chest – £10 – 4 stocked
  • Medium – 38/40″ chest – £10 – 3 stocked
  • Large – 41/43″ chest – £10 – 2 stocked
  • XL – 44/46″ chest – £10 – 3 stocked – (+1 currently pending payment)
  • XXL – 47/49″ chest – £11 – 4 stocked
  • XXXL – 50/52″ chest – £11.50 – 4 stocked
  • XXXXL – 54/56″ – £12 – 2 stocked

UKFur Union-Wolf (XXL size pictured right)

  • Small – 35/37″ chest – £12 – 3 stocked
  • Medium – 38/40″ chest – £12 – 3 stocked
  • Large – 41/43″ chest – £12 – 2 stocked
  • XL – 44/46″ chest – £12 – 5 stocked
  • XXL – 47/49″ chest – £13 – 4 stocked
  • XXXL – 50/52″ chest – £13.50 – 4 stocked

UKFur Dragon Variant (S size pictured right)

  • Small – 35/37″ chest – £10 – 5 stocked
  • Medium – 38/40″ chest – £10OUT OF STOCK
  • Large – 41/43″ chest – £10 – 3 stocked
  • XL – 44/46″ chest – £10 – 2 stocked
  • XXL – 47/49″ chest – £11 – 4 stocked
  • XXXL – 50/52″ chest – £11.50 – 4 stocked

Modelling the Ladies size shirts, the ever-lovely Halo. (again, click images for larger)

Ladies-fit UKFur Wolf Classic

  • Xtra Small – Size 8 – £12 – 3 stocked
  • Small – Size 10 – £12 – 1 stocked
  • Medium – Size 12 – £12 – 3 stocked
  • Large – Size 14 – £12 – 1 stocked
  • XL – Size 16 – £12 – 2 stocked

Ladies-fit UKFur Wolf Pink

  • Xtra Small – Size 8 – £12 – 1 stocked
  • Small – Size 10 – £12 – 2 stocked
  • Medium – Size 12 – £12 – 2 stocked
  • Large – Size 14 – £12 – 3 stocked
  • XL – Size 16 – £12 – 2 stocked

Ladies-fit UKFur Union-Wolf

  • Xtra Small – Size 8 – £14 – 1 stocked
  • Small – Size 10 – £14 – 2 stocked
  • Medium – Size 12 – £14OUT OF STOCK
  • Large – Size 14 – £14 – 2 stocked
  • XL – Size 16 – £14 – 2 stocked

Additionally available is my own in-house design, featuring an adorable ferret popping up through two portals knot-holes.

Unisex “Got Ferret?” shirts

  • Small – 35/37″ chest – £14 – 4 stocked
  • Medium – 38/40″ chest – £14 – 4 stocked
  • Large – 41/43″ chest – £14 – 1 stocked
  • XL – 44/46″ chest – £14 – 2 stocked
  • XXL – 47/49″ chest – £14 – 4 stocked

Other UKFur Items

  • UKFur vinyl stickers – 50p
  • Silicone UKFur wristbands – £1.50
  • Lanyards, with safety clip – £3.50


  • To ensure safe delivery, all items are sent by Royal Mail 1st Class Signed-For.
  • Postage for 1 shirt will be £3.50. Other postage dependant on order sizes/weights.

Payment & Ordering

  • Please email or otherwise message me to place an order and I will provide total and payment details of your choice.
  • Stocks will be adjusted to “pending” until money clears.
  • Paypal currently preferred, but Postal-order, cheque or bank-transfer also accepted.
  • Items will not be sent until payment has cleared.

Important notes

  • Each individual design on all shirts are all the same print size, irrespective of actual shirt size.
  • One of each size/type is likely to have been a display item. These will be sent last, but have no flaws or wear and will be re-packed in their delivery bags before postage. If this may be a problem, please specify.

Testing post to Facebook

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Testing posting to Starborne Works Facebook fan page.

Not dead

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Will have an interesting big update for you all in the next few days. Stay tuned!


Jan 9th LondonFur meet..

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

..not gonna be there. I’m behind on orders, and I want to get them done and shipped. In addition the last of my PU-elastomer’s gone bad, so I’ll be short on cash from ordering a new batch. It’s the most expensive of all the resins I use, and also the most temperamental in that it’s near impossible to degas.

The way I’m thinking right now is that if people want custom-coloured paw pads, they’ll have to wait until I open a fresh tin of the elastomer to do a big batch of the standard colour rubber items.
Which means I’m going to need to make more moulds. A lot more moulds.

More news as it comes. Suffice to say, February is going to be a busy month for re-tooling and re-planning.

Whew, dusty..

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

The new heated cabinet is mostly assembled now, and gained half a cubic meter or so of storage space. I’ll have to pick up some aluminium angle to make a shelf support frame and shelf runners, the cut up some of the steel mesh I have sitting around. But until then I’ll be able to find something to sit inside it I’m sure.

All those years of gathering up odds and ends have really been coming right this past few months.

Oh, I think I’ve figured out the new gallery scheme to work with here, though it’ll mean re-tagging everything. Remember kids, save time in the long run; just do it right first time!

Site edits

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

You may notice the various image galleries are a bit all over the place for the next few days. I’m messing around with some NextGEN Gallery options and image categories.
I’m also editing the category tags and static pages to make the site a bit easier to navigate.

Still aiming to have everything 100% for newyears.

LondonFurs Xmas Party and beyond

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Had a great time at the party over the weekend, and sold quite a few glowsticks to those more neon partygoers. Shame I couldn’t hang around for long into the dance, but had another event to get off to!

More works

Xmas is rushing up, and I’m pushing to complete changes for newyears. This week I’m all stocked up on melamine chipboard, and rebuilding the heated cabinet. As some of you know the cold weather is my biggest bottleneck right now, with the temperature in the workshop low enough that the resins won’t set properly. Not an issue if I’m in there with the heater on, but a problem for those resins that need to be left overnight or longer.

I already store the raw chemicals in a heated cabinet to prevent them from decay, but it’s not large enough to fit setting materials in as well. In the next couple of days that should change!

On fixing Wacom tablets..

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Last week, for the second time in several months, I found myself soldering a Wacom tablet. They’ve very nicely made items, but I suppose it’s no surprises the only parts that wear out are the mechanical ones. In these cases, the USB cables.

Perhaps I’m missing something, but the cable Wacom use seems rather cheap. It’s very thin and tightly bound inside. And it always breaks internally right at the point where it enters the tablet casing. There is some strain relief there, but it doesn’t seem to be enough.

The fix is fairly simple: Cut off a few inches of the cable and solder it back together. Or if you can fit a heavier duty cable in, replace the cable entirely. I also hot-glue it in place as much as possible to provide extra strain relief to the cable.

I feel I should let everyone know about a design quirk that almost scuppered the last repair however.

It was a repair as a favour for a friend on a big Intuos 1, GD model. The cable connects conveniently close to where it leave the casing so there was no awkward snaking of wires through it to deal with, unlike the Graphire 3 I fixed last time.
The point of note though is the foil flap stuck to the inside of the upper surface. It’s there as a shield.
After the fix and it was all reassembled, the tablet wouldn’t work. At one point it tripped the safety on my 2.5Amp powered hub!
Wires were re-soldered several times, until we finally took to plugging it in and re-assembling it “live”. The moment the upper surface went in place it stopped responding. It’s about then we realised the foil flap doesn’t just sit on top of the electronics, it wraps around behind it too! The inner surface of the flap is insulated, the outside is not. We were lucky not to fry it.
Slipped it under the board, holding the upper surface open before easing it all into place, and it all worked fine. Phew!

So for anyone else repairing a Wacom tablet; watch where you put your foil flaps.